News 14 Sep 2015

Febvre claims another MXGP double in Mexico

Covington puts America back on top in MX2 class.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Consistency wasn’t a problem for Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube’s Romain Febvre who dominated Leon’s MXGP of Mexico for a perfect 50-point score, his fourth this season.

It was business as usual for Febvre, who upped his stats to 14 race wins and 12 consecutive podiums, of which seven have been grand prix overalls. The 2015 world champion made it look far too easy when he won the first race with a 45-second advantage.

For Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM’s Shaun Simpson it’s simple – the gnarlier, the better. The overnight rain fell completely in favor of Simpson, who is having his best ever season in the premier class.

He reveled in the rutted up circuit in race one for a convincing second place finish before dicing his way through the pack in race two and passed factory rider after factory rider to take another second for second overall.

There are only 50 points left to race for this season, which means that Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev has already concreted a top three result as he is 58 points clear of Simpson in fourth. This weekend the Russian made 10 points on his Team HRC teammate Gautier Paulin and now trails by 27 points, which means he is still in the running for second.

When Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube’s Jeremy Van Horebeek gets the start he can run the pace which was evident in race two as he went bar-to-bar with Paulin, Simpson, Bobryshev and Coldenhoff in a massive battle for second.

Simpson and Bobryshev both ended up nudging him back fourth which is the result he took away this weekend. Meanwhile Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Glenn Coldenhoff rounded out the top five after a mistake-riddled weekend. Nevertheless the Dutch rookie recovered well in both races for two top five finishes.

Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Dean Ferris has a strong return to Mexico, racing to sixth in moto one and 10th in the second for eighth overall. Countryman Todd Waters (Red Bull IceOne Huqvarna Factory Racing) rode to 11-11 finishes for 11th overall.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Thomas Covington hit a couple of milestones today and proved just how versatile he is with a solid ride in race one for fourth, which he followed up with his first ever race win in race two and the MX2 overall victory.

Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser didn’t have the best start to the day. The red plate holder crashed heavily in race one, but only lost one position. Nevertheless he nursed it home for fifth and then rode smart in race two for second place and second overall. He now leads the championship by 18 points over Pauls Jonass.

Kemea Yamaha Yamalube’s Benoit Paturel was visibly pumped to uncork his first ever bottle of bubbles in third on the podium. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonass, mentored by the greatest of all time Stefan Everts, had the craziest weekend however.

Just when it looked as though the title challenger had hooked a gear, with his race one win and nine-point gain on the red plate holder Gajser, it all turned sour when he crashed crossing the Fox Holeshot line (but still took it) and then again a lap later in spectacular style when he was catapulted off his bike.

Even though the Latvian lessened his chances of claiming the 2015 FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship title, he can count himself lucky that he walked away from such an enormous crash unscathed.

The biggest key to muddy conditions is to keep the momentum up, which coincidently is the same tact necessary to ride sand. Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki’s Max Anstie was fast in race one where he was second behind Jonass. In race two he crashed out of fourth and only managed to salvage tenth but still rounded out the top five.

2015 MXGP World Championship
Round 17 – Leon, Mexico

MXGP overall results:
1. Romain Febvre 50
2. Shaun Simpson 44
3. Evgeny Bobryshev 40
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek 32
5. Glenn Coldenhoff 32
6. Gautier Paulin 30
7. Maximilian Nagl 28
8. Dean Ferris (AUS) 26
9. Tyla Rattray 25
10. Jose Butron 25
11. Todd Waters (AUS) 20

MXGP championship standings:
1. Romain Febvre 688
2. Gautier Paulin 566
3. Evgeny Bobryshev 539
4. Shaun Simpson 481
5. Maximilian Nagl 442
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek 426
7. Antonio Cairoli 416
8. Glenn Coldenhoff 393
9. Todd Waters (AUS) 344
10. Clement Desalle 331
12. Dean Ferris (AUS) 284

MX2 overall results:
1. Thomas Covington 43
2. Tim Gajsr 38
3. Benoit Paturel 36
4. Pauls Jonass 33
5. Max Anstie 32
6. Valentin Guillod 29
7. Calvin Vlaanderen 29
8. Harri Kullas 28
9. Julien Lieber 27
10. Jeremy Seewer 27

MX2 championship standings:
1. Tim Gajser 556
2. Pauls Jonass 538
3. Max Anstie 506
4. Valentin Guillod 475
5. Jeremy Seewer 467
6. Jeffrey Herlings 423
7. Julien Lieber 418
8. Jordi Tixier 393
9. Benoit Paturel 356
10. Petar Petrov 304

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